Decriminalizing weed instead of legalizing it won’t happen, N.J. …

Don’t expect New Jersey to decriminalize recreational marijuana instead of legalizing it. 

The state’s top lawmaker, state Senate President Stephen Sweeney, said Monday that he’s opposed to a bill that would simply fine those caught with small amounts of pot, similar to traffic offenses. 

“I really don’t have an interest in it,” Sweeney, D-Gloucester, told NJ Advance Media. “I don’t see it moving forward at this time. You’re basically legalizing something that’s not legal now. If you’re gonna do it, do it right. Regulate it and manage it properly.”

Politico New Jersey was the first to report on Sweeney’s stance. more at